Poland and Polish people were victims of WWII - Israeli president

President Rivlin said that nothing could replace the observances of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on the site of Auschwitz, which was an object of remembrance. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in Oświęcim, southern Poland, on Monday that "we remember" that Poland and the Polish people were the victims of WWII, and that Nazi Germany authored, planned and implemented the Holocaust in Poland and in other places.

Addressing a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart held on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, President Rivlin expressed his gratitude to President Andrzej Duda for the reception he received and for his engagement in the consolidation of good relations between Poland and Israel.

President Rivlin said that nothing could replace the observances of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on the site of Auschwitz, which was an object of remembrance. He also added that the Jewish people were a nation which does not forget.

He noted that "we remember" that Poland and the Polish people were the victims of WWII. "We remember" over one million Jews who were murdered in Auschwitz, and "we also remember" the thousands of Roma and Sinti, and thousands of murdered Poles.

He noted that it was Nazi Germany which authored, planned and implemented the Holocaust in Poland and in other places, and that this was this nation, which bears full responsibility for its deeds.

The Israeli head of state also said that Israel will always remember, pay homage to and appreciate the heroism of the Righteous Among the Nations of the World, over 7,000 of whom were the Polish people who risked their lives and the lives of their families to save Jews.

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp is being observed on Monday.